As US president, Bernie Sanders said he would ask the military to intervene if China attacked Taiwan. Credit: People's Party.

US Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders has made it very clear that he would direct the US military to intervene if China conducted a major military action against Taiwan, the Taiwan News reported.

In an interview on “60 Minutes” which aired on Sunday, Anderson Cooper delved into the Vermont senator’s proposed foreign policy and asked whether the candidate felt there were situations in which military action was necessary, the report said.

Sanders responded: “Absolutely, of course I do. You know, hopefully it’s as rare as possible. But yeah, we have the best military in the world.”

When Cooper asked Sanders what his criteria for military action would be, Sanders said, “Threats against the American people to be sure. Threats against our allies, I believe in NATO. I believe that the United States, everything being equal, should be working with other countries in alliance, not doing it alone.”

Most relevant to Taiwan viewers, Cooper then asked what his response as president would be if China took military action against Taiwan, the report said.

Sanders responded by saying, “That’s something, yeah. I mean, I think we have got to make it clear to countries around the world that we will not sit by and allow invasions to take place. Absolutely.”

At the end of the excerpt, Cooper asked if he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Sanders said that he would meet with the leader, noting that he had criticized President Trump for many things but that he agreed that “meeting with people who are antagonistic is to me not a bad thing to do.”